Cold wave followed by dense fog covered the entire northern India for a few days. The visibility reduced to just 50 metres in the national capital, as the minimum temperature in the city stood at 5.9 degree Celsius, a notch lower than the average for this time of the year.
Delhi is likely to receive light showers of rain on January 12. The Capital witnessed the maximum temperature of 20.2 degree Celsius, which is normal for this season, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
The relative humidity in the weather was recorded 100 percent at 8:30 am and 67 percent at 5:30 pm, it said.
According to a senior IMD scientist, dense to very dense fog very likely to continue in some parts during night & morning hours over Uttar Pradesh and Bihar during next 24 hours and in isolated pockets for subsequent four days.
“Dense fog very is likely in isolated pockets during night and morning hours over Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, West Madhya Pradesh during next 24 hours,” he said.
He said that dense fog is very likely to continue in isolated pockets over Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura during next 48 hours.
“A fresh spell of dense to very dense fog is very likely in isolated pockets during night and morning hours over Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi during January 14 to 16,” he added.
The Palam observatory near the Indira Gandhi International Airport recorded a visibility level of 50 metres.
Twenty trains were delayed by an hour to 10 hours due to the foggy weather, a Northern Railways spokesperson said.
The Delhi International Airport Limited tweeted that low-visibility procedures were in progress at the IGI airport.
Passengers have been advised to contact the airline concerned for updated flight information.
According to the weather office, very dense fog is when visibility is between 0 and 50 metres, between 51 and 200 metres is dense, between 201 and 500 metres moderate, and between 501 and 1,000 metres shallow.
“The minimum temperature in the capital is likely to rise to 9 degrees Celsius on Thursday amid cloudy weather and light rain,” weatherman predicted.